KAYSVILLE -- The removal of permanent soccer goal posts by Davis School District employees while teams were practicing Tuesday in Kaysville has some soccer parents upset.
"The teams were in the middle of their practice when district guys showed up with backhoes and torches, and within 20 minutes the goal posts were gone," said Robert Taylor, club president of Wasatch Soccer Club.
The soccer club rents the district's fields for games and practices, Taylor said.
District officials had met with Taylor as well as with representatives from American Youth Soccer Association and South Davis Soccer Association Forza Futbol Club in April to discuss problems with the goal posts, which include an increase in claims because of injuries.
District officials plan to meet with soccer representatives several more times during the year to discuss the issue.
Taylor said he left before the April meeting had ended but thought the agreement was that the district would remove the goal posts gradually over the next few years to give organizations, like his, time to come up with funds for portable goal posts. New portable goal posts cost between $3,000 and $4,000. The Forza representatives, whose teams play in the south end of the county, said it would be OK for the district to remove the goal posts this summer, said Gary Payne, administrator of the district's facilities administration.
Then on Tuesday, district employees removed soccer goal posts from soccer fields at Columbia and Creekside elementary schools, and Kaysville and Fairfield junior high schools. All four schools are in Kaysville.
Immediately, the district received numerous phone calls from concerned parents, Payne said.
"We told our workers not to remove any more goal posts until next year," Payne said.
Craig Carter, the district's business administrator, said the district's maintenance crew misunderstood the list the district had given on which goal posts to remove.
After being inundated with phone calls and emails Wednesday from concerned parents whose children use the soccer fields at the four schools, district officials said they will furnish those fields with portable soccer goal posts.
Carter said there are several reasons why the district wants to remove the soccer goal posts.
The first one has to do with the turf around the soccer goal posts. The grass is not growing, and the areas have seen an increase in injury claims, district officials said.
Also, when the goal posts were put in, soccer and football were the only sports being played in the county. Now other organizations -- for sports such as lacrosse, rugby, football and cricket -- want to rent the fields. The goal posts make it difficult for those teams to use the fields, Carter said.
The goal posts removed from the south part of the county have been taken to the district's maintenance shops. They will be remade into portable goal posts and bought by Forza Futbol organization to use, Carter said.
Payne said portable soccer goal posts allow officials to set up three or four games in a space where only two games were previously played.